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Video: Luntz focus group unloads on Obama after debate
Hot Air ^ | 8:41 am on October 17, 2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 10/17/2012 8:20:54 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

In my estimation, last night’s debate was a draw. Both men did what they needed to do for the debate, but neither had enough of a breakout performance to make much of a difference in the race. I’d expect to see very little impact to the Mitt-mentum that developed after the first debate, for reasons which I’ll address in a moment.

That wasn’t the conclusion reached by Frank Luntz’ focus group of former Barack Obama voters, and now undecideds, in Nevada. That panel overwhelmingly chose Mitt Romney as the winner, with observations about Romney’s presidential mien and Obama’s defensiveness and lack of vision for a second term. But one woman, whom (as Luntz jokes) bears a strong resemblance to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, neatly sums up the status of many undecideds, as well as Obama’s big problem with these debates:

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“I was not undecided between Obama and Romney. I was undecided between Romney and not voting.”

That’s the problem for any incumbent President in the final days of the election. They get almost four years to make the case for another term. If voters are still undecided with three weeks left to go, the best an incumbent can hope to do is convince them not to vote at all. That has been the explicit campaign strategy of Team Obama since Romney wrapped up the nomination in May — to make him so toxic that the protest vote against Obama stays home.

Unfortunately, that strategy collapsed after the first debate, and its collapse made the strategy obvious enough to be offensive. Last night, Obama finally decided to show some passion about wanting a second term, but he still hasn’t explained why he wants it or what he’ll do with it, even during last night’s debate. The only case he offered was that he wasn’t Mitt Romney, the same argument that Obama used before the first debate. And he spent most of the evening speaking with an oddly high-pitched tone, as if he was offended that he even needed to go that far.

Obama gave those undecideds no reason last night to vote for him or to stay home on Election Day. That’s why nothing that happened in the debate will change the trajectory of the race.

Meanwhile, if you’re unimpressed with a Fox focus group, you can always balance that out with MSNBC’s focus group of undecideds from last night. Final score there: Obama 1, Romney 1, with the other six abstaining from a choice until after the next debate:

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That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement for an Obama victory claim.

Update: My Townhall brother Guy Benson says I should rewatch the MSNBC focus group:

Hey Ed, saw your post (I have one going up on the focus groups later, too)….I’d gently nudge you toward re-watching MSNBC’s. I think 1-1 and 6 undeclared is very generous to Obama. Two people explicitly said they’re going Romney, and another said she’s leaning towards him now. One girl said Obama, the others didn’t commit, but even the African American remained unsold on O. Just wanted to point that out!

I’d watch it again, but it seems to be down on the YouTube site for some reason. I relied more on the tally from the moderator of the group, but Guy may well be correct.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012debates; benghazi; candycrowley; davidaxelrod; economy; election2012; energy; libya; mediawingofthednc; obama; partisanmediashills; romney; taxes; undecideds; usabudget
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1 posted on 10/17/2012 8:21:00 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

well, the liberals are out there, claiming that Obama won the debate, he was a fighter, he was passionate, yadda, yadda, yadda.


2 posted on 10/17/2012 8:22:44 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
morrisey is just another beltway diseased journalist. The further one gets away from DC and NY... the worse obama got his arse kicked bloody!

LLS

3 posted on 10/17/2012 8:27:13 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (OUR GOVERNMENT AND PRESS ARE NO LONGER TRUSTWORTHY OR DESERVING OF RESPECT!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

He was awake.....


4 posted on 10/17/2012 8:28:22 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: LibLieSlayer; Dilbert San Diego
From the comments:

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I liked how Obama said that high gas prices are the result of the awesome economic recovery we’re currently in.

BadgerHawk on October 17, 2012 at 9:11 AM

It appears Biden assisted with debate prep.

It’s a fact! It’s a FACT!

socalcon on October 17, 2012 at 9:28 AM

5 posted on 10/17/2012 8:29:22 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Even the MSNBC undecided group went heavily for Romney.


6 posted on 10/17/2012 8:29:29 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: TigerClaws
Even the MSNBC undecided group went heavily for Romney.

But The Won won.

7 posted on 10/17/2012 8:31:02 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
On yahoo.com right now there is a huge headline, “OBAMA TAKES CHARGE AND WINS DEBATE” (lol! No bias there). The funny thing is that they have a poll up right below that headline that asks who won the debate. It's 54% Romney, 46% Obama. With over 461,003 votes (too many for either side to manipulate the results, and yahoo.com readers tend to lean liberal to begin with) So even with their biased headline and liberal leaning user base, Obama is still losing by a healthy 8 point margin.) It appears the liberal media is the only group that thinks Obama won...
8 posted on 10/17/2012 8:32:18 AM PDT by apillar
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I’m still laughing at the guy who said, “Obama’s been bullshitting the people” and the word “bullshitting” got thru unedited!


9 posted on 10/17/2012 8:35:46 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'll cling to my religion, cigars and guns till they're pried from my cold dead fingers!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Obama showed up this time and may have ‘won’ the debate but still lost ground by being a petulant, lying, incompetant, boob who had to be helped out by the moderator.


10 posted on 10/17/2012 8:35:48 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The only thing the World would hate more than the USA in charge is the USA NOT in charge")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I saw the Luntz group.
They don’t believe Obama
When he says “Hello”.


11 posted on 10/17/2012 8:36:49 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If Hillary reminds every man of his ex-wife, Joe Biden reminds every woman of her ex-husband.)
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To: Steely Tom

Obama seemed to be motivating his base.

Romney went after undecideds.

Good sign for us if Obama can’t get his own supporters excited to work for his campaign or vote.

Allows Romney to target those on the fence in key battleground states.

The debate annoyed me. Felt like Romney got 2 minutes to every 4 of Obama in the first hour. COWley jumping in with insta fact check was last straw for me. I changed the channel until the Lutz focus group came on.


12 posted on 10/17/2012 8:37:35 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The Luntz focus group was amazing. My theory is as follows. Most people already know Obama is a failure. Therefore, Obama can’t help himself by appearing, it just reminds people how unhappy they are with him. Then, they just need to see that Romney is an ok alternative.


13 posted on 10/17/2012 8:38:27 AM PDT by Andrei Bulba (No Obama, no way!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“the liberals are out there, claiming that Obama won the debate, he was a fighter, he was passionate”

Too bad for them O told easily refuted lies and got wolloped on the economy.

He also came across as surly and ugly. No wonder he can’t work with Congress. I understand he doesn’t even have any relationships with anyone in Congress. He’s an angry, insular, thin-skinned narcissist. That’s what I saw. His hatred is palpable.


14 posted on 10/17/2012 8:39:58 AM PDT by vekzen
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The Luntz focus group was the revelation of the night, IMO. Yes, Dr. Luntz works for Fox and he’s polled for the GOP in the past. But he’s not going to “cook the books” on his group, because that would forever damage his reputation and cause him to lose corporate clients.

Clearly, the group was devastating to the Anointed One. Former Obama voters, in a swing state, who have swung heavily to Romney—after Obama’s supposedly “commanding” debate performance. I’m guessing the Dims internal polls and focus groups are showing the same thing, and they must be terrified. This is beginning to look like 1980 all over again, when Reagan and Carter were neck-and-neck until the final days of the campaign, and then the electorate broke heavily in favor of Mr. Reagan.

The Romney tsunami is building...you can feel it.


15 posted on 10/17/2012 8:42:33 AM PDT by ExNewsExSpook
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Last nights debate was a draw if everyone only graded stage presence and not content. Unfortunately, the uspoken language of presentation (body language) is what counts for 60-80% of the value in peoples minds.

...and lies should disqualify statements otherwise skillfully presented.


16 posted on 10/17/2012 8:43:02 AM PDT by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: apillar
The clown that wrote the story is a yahoo "journalist" he doesn't even have credentials beyond that

My question is: "When the phone rings at 3 AM which obummer will answer it?"

17 posted on 10/17/2012 8:43:14 AM PDT by pfflier
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To: Dilbert San Diego
"he was a fighter, he was passionate...."

As are at least half the folks in an insane asylum.

18 posted on 10/17/2012 8:45:53 AM PDT by cincinnati65
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To: NRA1995
I’m still laughing at the guy who said, “Obama’s been bullshitting the people” and the word “bullshitting” got thru unedited!

My favorite moment!

19 posted on 10/17/2012 8:46:03 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Romney hit a grand slam with his immigration answer.

That answer alone will probably give him the election.


20 posted on 10/17/2012 8:46:50 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; pookie18
obama moderators
21 posted on 10/17/2012 8:51:19 AM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: Mr. K

Obama did better than the last debate but he certainly did not win this one, he simply lost by a lesser margin than the last debate. And the Benghazi debacle did severe damage.


22 posted on 10/17/2012 8:51:30 AM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: HerrBlucher
Obama did better than the last debate but he certainly did not win this one, he simply lost by a lesser margin than the last debate.

That's a win in Liberal-land.

23 posted on 10/17/2012 8:52:49 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: editor-surveyor

Then O says he has streamlined legal immigration and there are more agents on the border than ever... huh???


24 posted on 10/17/2012 8:52:49 AM PDT by Suz in AZ
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“In my estimation, last night’s debate was a draw.”

How can it be a “draw,” idiot Ed, when the Kenyan bastard lied continuously from beginning to end?

He never said one truth.

But then again, it sounds like you are a liar too and wouldn’t know the truth if it stepped on your face.


25 posted on 10/17/2012 8:53:12 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: TigerClaws

On FoxNews last night immediately after the debate, they showed the official time and Obama actually got 4 minutes more time but somewhere in between last night and today it got changed to 2 minutes more time for Obama. I have seen it several times that it was 2 minutes more today.


26 posted on 10/17/2012 8:53:46 AM PDT by beckysueb
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Most of the comments are that he won the debate against his first debate. So he is a WEINER.


27 posted on 10/17/2012 8:54:03 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( (Lord, save me from some conservatives, they don't understand history any better than liberals.))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Obama's Benghazi Lies
28 posted on 10/17/2012 8:55:37 AM PDT by zencycler
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To: Haiku Guy

Most of them voted for him on ‘08 though.


29 posted on 10/17/2012 9:00:52 AM PDT by luv2ski
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To: Dilbert San Diego
What the left wing noise machine can't undo is Crowley's hideous performance. She was so unattractive, so corrupt and so biased towards 0bama that anyone watching the debate must have been scarified by her performance.

The fact that Mitty was debating two opponents - Bammy and a supposedly neutral but antagonistic and ugly moderator - made Mitty look like an underdog under attack by both the president and a corrupt media. That it was two against one and Mitty still managed to fight them to a draw, if not outright win (which I think he did) makes him seem that much more cool, collected and in command.

Corrupt Candy trying to save Bammy’s bacon on Libya was just the icing on the cake - an unadorned and unspinnable episode of blatant, outrageous media bias for all to see.

It was a disaster for the 0 campaign, despite the yowling and howling of the liberal lapdogs. The very same lapdogs, by the way, who were charmed by Biden’s mugging and smirking.

30 posted on 10/17/2012 9:02:05 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: FrankR
LOL!

You mean the "unbiased moderator"?

31 posted on 10/17/2012 9:02:28 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: zencycler

Thanks,...got to work thru that one.


32 posted on 10/17/2012 9:05:36 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

When scoring debates, lies only count against the speaker when their opponent refutes them in the context of the debate.

Scored as a debate, one could easily justify the conclusion it was a draw. The aftermath, though, with Crowley’s intervention proved to be a lie on Obama’s behalf, probably puts it in the record books as a win for Romney (with an asterisk) on pure debate-scoring grounds.

As a political event, it went to Romney as both the Fox and MSNBC focus groups show. And that tilt will become more apparent as the number of lies Obama told becomes more apparent. I watched online via the BBC — I had some sort of glitch when connecting to C-SPAN — and bounced between actually watching and looking at the NYTimes “live fact-check” which, amazingly considering the source, supported Romney on every point, except for posting a stupid graphic of the $5 trillion dollar static scoring of Romney’s tax proposals with no accounting for the $25K deduction cut-off as if the cut in rates without broadening the tax base were the sum content of his proposals.


33 posted on 10/17/2012 9:10:48 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: mojito

Romney was able to lay out substantive answers on the economy and that is what the focus group said would determine who they were voting for.

What specifics did Obama lay out to address: the 23 mill unemployed people, $16 trillion in debt, $4 gas, no budget in 3 years, the poverty rate at it’s highest since 1960’s, median incomes dropping 7.3% since taking office, 47 million on food stamps, and the doubling of the deficit?

Those were the questions that the focus groups and the undecideds were looking for and did not get from Obama and what they did get from Romney.


34 posted on 10/17/2012 9:12:28 AM PDT by TennTuxedo
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To: zencycler
OH ,...that is just EXCELLENT!

Ought to show up on many threads on the topic....

Should be a thread starter,....

35 posted on 10/17/2012 9:15:51 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: zencycler; TigersEye; Marine_Uncle; SunkenCiv; NormsRevenge; onyx

See link at post #28.


36 posted on 10/17/2012 9:20:16 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Obama was awake this time, and if he ‘won’ it was by being more petulant, angry, agressive, and a liar.

But that is not the same as ‘persuasive’.

He can spin the BS all he wants but people know his record now.


37 posted on 10/17/2012 9:23:52 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The only thing the World would hate more than the USA in charge is the USA NOT in charge")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Were there two debates last night?

The one I watched on c-span showed to me that Obummo did show up and talked back to the canddidate-in-charge.

Perhaps I should have changed channels and watched the other debate on MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, et. al. Might have been less one sided than the one I saw!


38 posted on 10/17/2012 9:27:06 AM PDT by fantail 1952 (Common sense policy: Help your friends. Whip your enemies. Sort out the rest later.)
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To: NRA1995

“I’m still laughing at the guy who said, “Obama’s been bullshitting the people” and the word “bullshitting” got thru unedited!”

When that guy started talking I turned to my wife and said they better put this guy on a tape delay. You could see he was building to an emotive obscenity and he delivered beautifully.


39 posted on 10/17/2012 9:27:06 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist
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To: BlueStateRightist

It was done beautifully and so fit the whole debate scene and the media headlines ....


40 posted on 10/17/2012 9:30:32 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: ExNewsExSpook

Luntz needs the battle to keep going. Otherwise why hire him?

I thought it was telling the two ugly women were democrats who were pro obama based on “womens issues” (ie abortion, recreational sex birth control etc.)


41 posted on 10/17/2012 9:31:03 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: NRA1995

That was my favorite part of the whole dog~n~pony show!


42 posted on 10/17/2012 9:31:35 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Mr. K

Be sure and see the link at post #28 regarding the Obama utterances on the Benghazi attack.


43 posted on 10/17/2012 9:34:26 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Suz in AZ
Then O says he has streamlined legal immigration and there are more agents on the border than ever... huh???

You have to remember those additional agents are too busy dodging bullets fired by guns in the hands of Mexican drug cartel members, which were provided by our own ATF, to actually do the job they were purportedly sent to do...

the infowarrior

44 posted on 10/17/2012 9:34:29 AM PDT by infowarrior
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To: ExNewsExSpook

More like a replay of 1984. With a bit of luck, Obee will not only carry DC, but might, repeat MIGHT carry Illinois!


45 posted on 10/17/2012 9:35:11 AM PDT by fantail 1952 (Common sense policy: Help your friends. Whip your enemies. Sort out the rest later.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Watched the debate but could care the less about the postmortem. There is a simple rule to follow, whatever Obama needs to happen in the last weeks of this election, the MSM will tell us is happening. Obama needs to win a debate, abracadabra, he wins going away. Yawn and predictable.

At this point, I am actually having more fun watching the MSM implode into impotence than I am watching Obama going down in flames.


46 posted on 10/17/2012 9:41:40 AM PDT by FlipWilson
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To: pfflier
My question is: "When the phone rings at 3 AM which obummer will answer it?"

Depends on whether last night was party night or if today is an early tee time.

47 posted on 10/17/2012 9:42:56 AM PDT by ssaftler (With apologies to Gene Kranz: "Obama is not an option")
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To: mojito

I despised Crowley, too. She stated she would not be a fly on the wall prior to her “performance”. Instead she was a giant “black hole” trying to absorb every comment or rebuttal Romney would make into oblivion. Every time Romney would insist on making a point she’d say there will be lots of time at the end...Romney got no time at the end.


48 posted on 10/17/2012 9:51:48 AM PDT by kiltie65
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To: zencycler
Trying to start a thread with this....from Hot Air also:

Candy Crowley’s Debate Moderation Exemplifies Why Americans Do Not Trust Their Media

Has video clips of the little exchange .....

49 posted on 10/17/2012 9:53:02 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I could not believe what I was seeing.

It was like being dropped into a land where the People have suddenly awakened.


50 posted on 10/17/2012 9:53:56 AM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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